Regional Artist Project Grants

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The Regional Artist Project Grants are awarded to individual artists throughout eastern North Carolina in 29 counties, and is a grants program partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council. This grant is not applicable to organizations.

Eligible artists include North Carolina residents who have resided in eastern North Carolina for at least 2 years in the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Artists can include musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, literary artists, as well as visual artists. The average grant award is between $500 and $1,000.

2013-2014 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Elizabeth Spotswood Alexander-Specer, Craven County
R. Michael Daugherty, Onslow County
Mi-Sook Hur, Pitt County
Lauren Jordon, Onslow County
Daniel Kariko, Pitt County
Gary Mitchell, Hyde County
Karen H. Silinsky, Pitt County
Kathryn Haley Sullivan, Beaufort County
Marty Silverthorne, Pitt County
Richard D. Wilson, Jr. Pitt County
Holly J. Wright, Pasquotank County

2012-2013 Regional Artist Project Grantees

Caroline Stephenson, Herford County
Ken Wyatt, Nash County

Literary Arts:
Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Nash County
Marni Graff, Hyde County
Megan Oteri, Wilson County

Nicholas Cole, Wayne County
Michael Hamer, Pitt County

Visual Arts:
Andrew Denton, Pitt County
Jill Eberle, Craven County
Jeremy Fineman, Pitt County
Karen Harley, Halifax County
Neil Loughlin, Beaufort County
Kathryn Osgood, Dare County
Liz Steiner, Pitt County

Application Information

Deadline date for the Regional Artist Project Grants is September 12, 2014.

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DUE DATE: SEPT. 12, 2014 to the
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
404 S. Evans St.
Greenville, NC  27858

or you can drop it off to your local Arts Council. Please check with them as to the closing time on September 12th.



We will have a series of Regional Workshops throughout eastern North Carolina – these dates are:

Dare County Arts Council, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo, NC, on Thursday, July 24th at 5:30PM.Call 252-473-5558 for more information.

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, located at 404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC, on Tuesday, July 29th at 5:30PM. Please call 252-551-6947 for more information.

Arts Council of Wayne County, located at 102 N. John St., Goldsboro, NC, on Wednesday, July 30th at 5:00PM. Call 919-736-3300 for more information.

The Council for the Arts in Onslow County, located at 826 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, NC, on Thursday, July 31st at 11AM. Call 910-455-9840 for more information.

Regional Artist Project Grants Facts & Guidelines

Regional Artist Project grants are awarded to artists in all disciplines on a regional basis through a competitive application and review process. The grant awards are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and by a regional consortium of local arts councils. Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development. Grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000. Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation of a new work
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with participating in a professional exhibition or conference
  • Development or updating promotional materials – websites, brochures, DVDs, and CDs

Regional consortia match a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council at least dollar for dollar to create the pool of grant funds. The North Carolina Arts Council grants funds to the regional consortia by weighing the history and breadth of artist demand in the region, and the amount of the proposed artist match, among other factors. The average grant to artists is between $500 – $1000.

The Eastern North Carolina regional consortia consists of arts councils from Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.  Each arts council may contribute a portion of its Grassroots funds to support the Regional Artist project program.*  Matching funds may also come from other public and private sources, including foundations and trusts, preferably from within the region.

Participating consortia promote the grant opportunity to the artists in their region, set specific regional guidelines in accordance with Arts Council guidelines, appoint a selection committee made up of arts professionals with expertise in disciplines under review, and facilitate the selection and award process. North Carolina Arts Council staff advises each regional consortium and attends selection panel meetings.

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as lead for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium, and receives the Regional Artist Project grant applications, schedules regional training sessions for artists, and manages the grant selection process.  For more information, contact Holly Garriott, executive director, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge,, (252) 551-6947 or Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists & Organizations, North Carolina Arts Council,, (919) 807-6513.

*Subject to overall dollar limits for the region.